Eric Huntley

Eric Huntley at the Walter Rodney bookshop, photo by Syd Jeffers.

Eric and his wife Jessica (the caption doesn’t say so, but I’m thinking that might be her, standing behind him) were radical book publishers and political activists.

They established Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications (named after Caribbean resistance heroes) in 1968, to promote radical Black writing.

In 1974, they opened a bookshop in West Ealing, London, later to become the Walter Rodney Bookshop. It quickly established itself as a drop-in advice centre, with book launches, school workshops and poetry readings.

The square is cut from a leaflet for a free Guildhall exhibition (2015) entitled ‘No Colour Bar’. The highlight of which, for me, was a recreation of the bookshop.

Sadly, I was unable to gather any information about Syd Jeffers, the photographer.

This is the fifth patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.

Discobolus

Marble statue of a discus-thrower (Discobolus). One of several Roman copies of the Greek original bronze version by Myron, 5th century BC.

In 1938, Hitler, funded by the German government, bought one of said Roman copies. The Italian family who owned it had fallen upon hard times, and so offered him up for sale. He was earmarked for the Metropolitan Museum in New York, but it couldn’t afford him.

Discobolus became a Nazi poster boy, whether he liked it or not.

In 1948 he was returned to Italy, and can now be seen in the National Museum, Rome.

The square was cut from a British Museum leaflet (2015).

This is the first patch of my ‘London Exhibition Patchwork’. It is a patchwork made from leaflets of exhibitions I have visited in London. There are sixteen squares in total.

You can see the whole piece here and in my shop, or you can follow my progress on Instagram, if you are so inclined.